Mykola Azarov
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Ukraine PM Azarov's 'difficult decision' to step down

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet amid continuing anti-government protests.

In a televised address, Mykola Azarov said he had taken "a very difficult, but a responsible decision" to offer his resignation.

"I took that decision to give an opportunity to all political forces to reach an agreement, to reach a compromise and end the crisis we are going through," he added.

Protests have spread in recent days across Ukraine, even to President Yanukovych's stronghold in the east.

  • 28 Jan
  • From the section Europe
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